The name O clochartaigh comes from the Irish O Clochartiagh. The prefix "O" is usually omitted except where it is still used in its Irish form, such as in
, a region where Ireland's Gaelic culture still flourishes.
Irish : Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea)), in County Galway.
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of this family name include: Cloherty, Clogherty, Clogerty, Cloharty, O'Cloherty, O'Clogherty and many more.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Cloharty, who was naturalized in Virginia in 1848; and Patrick Cloherty, who was naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1890.